Kevin De Choisy
KEVIN de CHOISY
For the past few years I have been working in a polychrome White Earthenware inspired by Thomas Whieldon and other English potters of the C18th. These wares initially seduced me through their use of rich colours and an eccentricity of design which reflects a manic exploration definitive of the ‘Lunar Club’ and other luminaries of ‘The Age of Reason’.
In the last year or so I’ve come to realise that several Galleries and collectors see my work as a sort of contemporary example of ‘Classical’ English ware (as opposed to Walter Keeler who draws, brilliantly, from the Vernacular). Somehow this has worked subliminally to generate a concern that I might become a maker of an C18th pastiche and, fearful of this, I am beginning the first steps in a journey towards the contemporary. This seems to be stimulated largely by architecture from that of Gaudi to the wonderful Bilbao Guggenheim and London’s own ‘Gherkin’. New forms demand new techniques of making and reappraisal and I count myself blessed to be gripped by a vocation which insists I re-invent myself from time to time.
K.de C. July 2011